Sunday, August 27, 2017

"In Neon" by Elton John

Song#:  2144
Date:  12/01/1984
Debut:  71
Peak:  38
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  John got his third platinum album of the 80s with Breaking Hearts. It featured two Top 20 singles including the #5 "Sad Songs (Say So Much)." To keep the momentum going, this third single was issued. It had a bit of a difficult time breaking into the Pop Top 40, but it did well at AC where it reached #11.

ReduxReview:  This waltz-ish ballad nearly has a country feel to it. I'm surprised this wasn't marketed to country radio. Perhaps it was, but it didn't chart. This is a good song, but the chorus really outshines the balance of the song. I always remember the chorus, but tend to forget the rest of it. As a single, it is just okay. I'm surprised it was able to make the Top 40, but the action at AC most likely helped it along.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  A track from this album supplied John with his fourteenth Grammy nomination. The album opener "Restless" got John a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Unfortunately, like his previous nominations, John would go home empty handed. He would finally win his first Grammy in 1987 with his sixteenth nomination. He would be a part of the winning vocal team that sang "That's What Friends Are For" (with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight). Together they would win a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Duo or Group. John would keep racking up the Grammy nods over the years and would end up taking home four more awards.


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